There are many complications that can result after a woman has an abortion.
According to a study in Finland, women who abort are four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carried their pregnancies for the full term.
The research shows that women who aborted were 60 percent more likely to die of natural causes, seven times more likely to commit suicide, four times more likely to die of injuries related to accidents and 14 times more likely to be killed be someone.
Some of the leading causes of abortion-related maternal deaths within a week of surgery for extracting the fetus are hemorrhage, infection, embolism, anesthesia, and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies.
In the U.S., legal abortion is the fifth leading cause of maternal death, and it is even recognized that many abortion-related deaths are never reported or classified that way.
But there are other risks and complications that are possible as well.
For example, the risk of getting breast cancer almost doubles after having one abortion and increases even more if a woman has had several.
Women who have aborted are also at a higher risk of getting cervical, ovarian and liver cancer as well.
Between two and three percent of abortion patients will suffer uterine perforation, though most of the times it will remain undiagnosed. If a woman has already given birth before the abortion, then the chances of uterine perforation are greater.
Cervical lacerations are also possible. Post-abortion cervical damage can result in subsequent cervical incompetence, premature delivery and labor complications. It is a greater risk for teenagers who have had abortions.
A life threatening condition for both the mother and baby, called placenta prevail, increases seven to 15 times after having an abortion.
If a woman has had an abortion she will have a greater chance of having labor complications when wanting to give birth later. Many women who have had abortions have pre-term delivery, which increases the risk of neo-natal death and handicaps for the baby.
Abortion can also increase the chances of an ectopic pregnancy, which can also be life-threatening and result in reduced fertility.
Abortions can also lead to an increases risk of pelvic inflammatory disease.
Surveys have shown that lower general health is experience by women who have had abortions. While miscarriages were shown to negatively affect the health in these studies, abortion was found to have a much greater correlation to poor health in the research that was conducted.